New Delhi: Research In Motion Ltd has set up a facility in Mumbai to help the Indian government carry out lawful surveillance of its BlackBerry services, according to people familiar with the matter, but the move hasn’t fully satisfied India’s appetite for access to messages on the popular smartphones.
Last year, India threatened to shut down BlackBerry encrypted email and instant messaging services because it couldn’t wiretap them. The government put the onus on Waterloo, Canada-based RIM to come up with solutions. Several government-set deadlines have passed and, though India still isn’t happy with its surveillance capabilities, it is no longer threatening to shut down the service.
Security issues: RIM president Mike Lazaridis. Photo: Noah Berger/Bloomberg.
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